This pristine manmade lake is one mile west of Payne Gap off U.S. 119. Once the site of a mining camp, the valley was dammed and flooded in 1961 to create this shining centerpiece to the 895-acre Little Laurel Park. The lake is home to freshwater jellyfish and a resident trout population, as well as bass, catfish and other Kentucky species. Petroleum-powered boat engines are prohibited, but at 45 acres, the lake is small enough for boaters to traverse easily with electric motors or oars. The lake is owned by the Letcher County Fiscal Court and is open to the public.